FanDuel has years of experience in daily fantasy sports, plus a gambling-savvy parent company, Paddy Power Betfair.
With its most recent venture into the New Jersey sportsbook market, FanDuel seems like the perfect player to bring a sportsbook to Valley Forge Casino in Pennsylvania.
The Keystone State will be the fourth state where Boyd Gaming, the owners of the Valley Forge Casino, will open an online sports betting and brick-and-mortar operation.
Signing up for a FanDuel account
As required by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (PGCB), a physical sportsbook must be open before the operators can launch online betting.
To sign up early, a player can visit the new 1,800-square-foot live sportsbook at the casino in King of Prussia, located just northwest of Philadelphia. He or she does not need to be a member to play.
When PA online sports betting launches later in 2019, a player will need to become a member to take advantage of its offerings. Registering for an account should be quick and easy.
New customers generally only need to submit their:
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Phone number
- Physical address
- Social Security number
FanDuel then uses this information to confirm the player’s identity and location.
After that, every new player will likely be asked to select a unique username and password. Customers also have the option to turn on two-factor notification for an extra layer of security.
The only time a government-issued identification may be required is if the new account shows suspicious activity.
At that point, the Valley Forge/FanDuel security team will likely need to confirm the user’s identification and ownership of any credit cards or bank accounts linked to the user’s account.
This process should be quick, easy and wholly geared toward protecting the customer from any fraudulent activity.
FanDuel PA online betting app
An online betting app powered by the experience and technology of FanDuel will eventually launch for Valley Forge customers.
FanDuel’s flexible and responsive app makes for top-notch user experience. Based on the existing app in New Jersey, we can predict what the Pennsylvania app will bring to the table.
On the homepage, players will likely find shortcuts that take them to whichever sport they want to play.
There should also be three tabs labeled “popular,” “live,” and “upcoming.” These link to the games with the most action, other games happening at the moment or any upcoming events.
Players should also be able to completely manage their accounts through the app, including seamless registration, quick and direct deposits and withdrawals, and placing wagers.
New registration incentives
As the sixth casino to file for a sportsbook license in the Keystone State, Valley Forge has some work to do to draw in customers. The market is competitive but fresh, which equates to a level playing field for established sportsbook brands.
That’s where new registration bonuses come into play. In the case of Valley Forge, we can look at FanDuel’s incentives in New Jersey to predict what the PA casino may offer.
In the Garden State, new players get a risk-free first bet of up to $500. If they lose the first bet they place, FanDuel credits the players’ accounts the full bet amount up to $500.
Bonus money arrives in the account within 72 hours; however, players must wager the money at least once before they can withdraw it.
It’s unclear whether Valley Forge and FanDuel plan to offer the same new registration incentive; however, we expect something of similar value to be available.
Other FanDuel bonuses and promotions
Based on what FanDuel has done in New Jersey, we can also get an idea of other bonus offers that could be coming across the river to Pennsylvania.
Insurance is significant for both NBA and NFL bets.
For the NBA, it’s called Overtime Heartbreak Insurance. It pays back up to $25 for wagers that lose in overtime.
For NFL bets, a player can claim Halftime Insurance. This offer pays back up to $25 on wagers that were winning at halftime but ended up losing in the end.
There is also parlay insurance for both the NFL and NBA on parlays with four or more legs. If the player hits on all legs but one, the payback is also up to $25.
Furthermore, FanDuel likes to post daily odds boosts, which are specific wagers that change from day to day, making a half-dozen or more bets more player-friendly.
The expectation is that when the Pennsylvania online sportsbook goes live, there will be similar bonus offers.
FanDuel and Valley Forge customer loyalty program
The third way to entice players and keep them coming back is through a customer loyalty program.
FanDuel’s current players’ club is a point-based program that automatically enrolls all new registrants.
The higher the level, the higher the point total, the more bonus wagers a player can earn. One top feature of the club is that as long as a player places one wager within 12 months, all of his or her points roll over to the new year.
Valley Forge Casino offers its customers membership in the Valley Club. Also points-based, enrollment in the club results in a free $25 slot play. Valley Club perks include birthday bonuses, discounts on food and drink, airline miles and hotel room upgrades.
PGCB requires Valley Forge is the official business name used by the new sportsbook, which means the new loyalty program is expected to lean in that direction.
As for the benefits offered, it’s likely to be a combination of what is most popular with their customers.
The FanDuel sports wagering experience
Because of FanDuel’s name recognition in the daily fantasy sports arena, many of its new sports betting customers are also new to the sports wagering world.
With that in mind, FanDuel dedicates an entire section of its website to sports betting training. There are sections focused on types of sports bets, how they work, and detailed explanations of point spreads and moneylines.
For veteran sports wagerer, they will be able to skip the training and go straight to the bets, which include:
- Straight bets
- Proposition bets
- Future bets
Any and every sport in the world is offered, including cricket, darts and all major soccer leagues across the globe.
In-play wagering on FanDuel
The exploding popularity of in-play wagering means that FanDuel and Valley Forge are all but certain to offer it.
For those new to in-play wagering, this form of gambling involves bets placed while an event is already in progress. It is a highly interactive and exciting way to play.
In-play wagering features shifting point spreads as the game progresses, multiple halftime totals and second chance multipliers. There are also ways for players to pay their way out of losing bets and place new, more favorable wagers.
Managing deposits and withdrawals on FanDuel
There will be many ways to add funds to the new sportsbook account:
- Bill pay
- Credit cards
- Debit cards
- Online bank transfers
However, FanDuel warns its customers that some credit card providers treat deposits to gaming companies as a cash advance, which can involve higher charges.
Players should also be able to visit any of the PayNearMe locations in the state of Pennsylvania to make cash or check deposits. The one downside of using this method is that withdrawals require Valley Forge to cut a check and mail it, which can incur delays in processing the request.
If a player uses one of the other electronic deposit methods, he or she will likely be able to use the same method for withdrawals, making them instantaneous.
Valley Forge Casino currently offers its customers casino credit by an application.
The application approval gives the player access to a credit line which must be redeemed immediately in the case of wins and within 15-30 days in the case of losses. Something similar may be coming with the company’s new sportsbook.